I was a big brother fan up until series 2 I think, then I completely lost interest but when Celebrity Big Brother aired for the first time, I was glued. Who can forget the slow collapse of Vanessa Feltz right before our eyes. It was glorious to watch the facades melt away from the normally PR concious and slickly presentable icons of entertainment (albeit past their A-List sell by date).
For me the Reality show overload is really too much. With BB, IACGMOH, CLI, ANTM arggghh and all the rest, I have decided to limit the ones I get drawn into by not watching the season launch. That way, I miss the initial introductions to the people, with whom I would doubtless spend countless winter evenings. This strategy served me well up until last years Celebrity BB.
First I saw they introduced the non-celeb Chantelle and thought hmmm…c-l-e-v-e-r, then I saw Dennis Rodman and thought …i-n-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g, then the hook, Pete Burns appeared and it was all over. This year’s show held no such sway. The lineup looks pedestrian, there are no personalities that spark any kind of intrigue as to why they had entered into the house. Last year I had a familiar knowledge of many of the names in the house. Indeed most had established ‘quality’ careers. This year, and it doesn’t surprise me that there was a record number of applicants, I don’t think the same can be said of the housemates.
So, thankfully, I can carry on writing, happy in the knowledge that Celebrity Big Brother, like most of the other reality TV shows, will pass me by.